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Everything you need to know about NSW’s three-phase plan to exit the pandemic by December 15

Where you'll be allowed to go, who you'll be allowed to go with, and when it will all be happening

Maxim Boon
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Maxim Boon

There have been several changes to the state's reopening plans in recent weeks, with certain freedoms brought forward, and others postponed. Here are the details of what life in NSW will look like between now and December 1.

From November 8

Where can I go?

Just about anywhere you want, as long as it's outside of Australia. The country's international borders will reopen for Australian citizens, residents and their immediate families. A travel bubble with Singapore means Singaporian nations can enter Australia.

From NSW, you can currently freely enter Victoria. However, details for other states vary. Here's a breakdown of the facts.

What can I do?

All hospitality, entertainment, amusement and retail venues will be allowed to increase their indoor capacity as per the two-square-metre rule.

Personal services such as hairdressers, spas, tattoo studios and similar will also be allowed to increase their capacities as per the two-square-metre rule.

Nightclubs and amusement centres will be allowed to reopen with capacities capped as per the four-square-metre rule and dancefloors will be allowed to reopen.

Swimming pools can open for all activities including inflatables and slides. In gyms, group classes will remain capped at a maximum of 20 participants.

There will be no limits on the number of people that can attend a private gathering within a home or an informal gathering outdoors.

Working from home arrangements will remain encouraged but this is under review and may be lifted.

Masks will still be required on public transport, on planes and in airports, and in all indoor settings until December 15.

From December 15 or once 95 per cent of adults in the state are fully vaccinated

Unvaccinated people will be allowed to access all public settings and venues from this date, although it is unclear if they will be required to declare their vaccination status when entering a venue or if vaccine passports will no longer be required from this date. Unvaccinated people will also be allowed to do community sport, attend outdoor gatherings and private indoor gatherings. 

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